Flower Produces Foul Odor As It Blooms

A plant known for producing a flower with an offensive odor bloomed early yesterday morning at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.                                                                                                                                    The Titan Arum or corpse flower is native to Indonesia, but is increasingly being cultivated in the United States.                                                                                                                      Experts say this is the first of its kind to bloom in the Carolinas.                                               The "fragrance" of a corpse flower, which has been compared to the smell of rotting meat, only lasts for about 24 hours.                                                                                                       Named "Bella" by its owner, the six-year-old plant is now five-feet tall and weighs between 30 to 40 pounds.                                                                                                                              So far, hundreds of people have visited the university's botanical garden hoping to see the flower in full bloom.                                                                                                                                      After about four days, the flower will fold up and collapse, but a new leaf will emerge several months from now.                                                                                                                    While it usually takes the plant three to five years to "re-flower," most fail to bloom again.